Microsoft plans to finish assist for its Android-based Workplace apps for Chrome OS customers. Starting Sept. 18, Chromebooks that depend on the Android variations of Workplace, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive might want to migrate over to the net to entry recordsdata and folders.
About Chromebooks confirmed the upcoming change with Microsoft after a reader identified messaging in an Workplace app urging them to maneuver to the net. A Microsoft support web page additionally suggests customers entry Microsoft 365 by means of the accessible internet apps. The assist web page provides that the Android variations of Workplace, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive should not presently supported on a Chromebook.
Microsoft’s transfer to the net is seemingly an try to offer an “optimized expertise” for Chrome OS customers.
“This transition brings Chrome OS/Chromebook prospects entry to extra and premium options,” a Microsoft spokesperson advised About Chromebooks.
The Workplace internet expertise is a Progressive Net App, or PWA, so it’s full-featured, to not point out it’ll scale higher on bigger screens (like on a 17-inch Acer Chromebook 317, as an illustration).
However whereas it sounds fairly cut-and-dry, once that transition occurs, it’ll turn out to be more difficult to edit and supply cloud-based paperwork when the Chromebook is offline. That negates the entire level of Chrome OS, which is a cloud-based working system that lets you work on paperwork with out an web connection. However not if the PWAs for Microsoft Workplace doesn’t provide an offline mode.
On the flip aspect, being compelled to make use of Microsoft’s web-based apps cuts out any clunky interactions you may need had utilizing the Android apps on Chrome OS. Android apps don’t at all times translate nicely to the Chromebook’s massive display screen. Nevertheless it does take away the flexibility so as to add a “native” Microsoft app to Chrome OS, which Chromebook customers are likely to desire.
The transfer comes as the firm is launching its revamped Home windows 11 within the fall, which adopts a extra touch-friendly person interface. Considering Home windows 11 can have native Android app compatibility (albeit by means of Amazon’s Appstore), it’s a bit of unusual that Microsoft is shifting away from these particular Android apps.
About Chromebooks jogged my memory there’s an Office Editing extension from Google that allows you to obtain Phrase, Excel, and PowerPoint recordsdata to edit with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It allows you to edit these recordsdata in Google Docs with out the web, and it stays dormant within the background till it senses an lively connection, when it then uploads your adjustments. There are additionally open-source alternate options to opening and modifying Workplace recordsdata, particularly the Linux model of LibreOffice, a comparatively simple set up on the Chromebook for those who’re not intimidated by Linux apps.
After all, the better answer can be to not have to seek out an alternate in any respect. Hopefully Microsoft addresses these considerations earlier than the official deadline.